The Department of Homeland Security said Monday they transferred approximately 300 children out of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, following a shocking Associated Press report last week that sparked widespread outrage.
Customs and Border Protection referred AP's questions about the Clint Facility to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which said Monday that 249 children previously held in Clint would be moved to the agency's network of shelters and other facilities by Tuesday.
The group of lawyers said they saw toddlers without nappies being cared for by unrelated children.
"The children are hungry, dirty and sick and being detained for very long periods of time".
Stauffer said an "unprecedented" number of migrant children crossing the border led to the kids "waiting too long in CBP facilities that are not designated to care for children".
United States law requires children who cross the border without a parent or legal guardian to stay in border patrol's short-term holding facilities for no longer than 72 hours and to be moved to HHS shelters as quickly as possible.
The agency said it had moved children to more suitable facilities as soon as space was available. "It's a health crisis. a manufactured health crisis", she said". Sarah Fabian told an incredulous three-judge panel at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that the agreement requiring sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children may not necessarily mean a toothbrush and soap must be provided for shorter stays.
The New York Times: "'There Is a Stench': "No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children" - "A chaotic scene of sickness and filth is unfolding in an overcrowded border station in Clint, Tex., where hundreds of young people who have recently crossed the border are being held, according to lawyers who visited the facility this week.
Meanwhile authorities in Texas reported seven migrant deaths yesterday, including those of a woman, two babies and a toddler, showing the danger of extreme summer heat as Central American families surge across the US-Mexico border.
The Clint facility and others have been heavily criticized after lawyers, doctors and advocates warned of what they called major health and hygiene problems.
They are thought to have died from heat exposure anddehydration in an area about 29km east of McAllen. The crush of migrants at the southern border, however, has strained the agency's resources.
Two more men and an unidentified body were found on 19-20 June in two separate locations.
Fox News reported that Sanders' departure announcement came amid House lawmakers' continued struggle to agree on a $4.5 billion funding bill aimed at addressing the escalation humanitarian crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border.